When an employee is injured on the job, then workers’ compensation insurance is supposed to cover their medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of who is at fault. This protects employers from being sued by employees, and it allows the injured employee to collect compensation without having to file a lawsuit and wait for a judgment before they can pay their hospital bills.
For mild injuries, workers’ compensation saves a great deal of time and money. For more severe injuries, however, the situation can become more complicated. Serious workplace injuries can cause lasting disability or even death, and workers’ compensation is not enough in these cases. Other employees may suffer from conditions that ultimately resulted from a work-related injury, but may have difficulty linking them.
If you’ve been injured at work, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to start a workers’ compensation case. First, get emergency medical attention for yourself and anyone else who needs it. Next, report the incident to your supervisor as soon as possible. You will need to be evaluated by a medical practitioner that your employer will choose for you, and your employer will have to file a workers’ compensation claim.
When to get legal help
In general, employers who are covered by workers’ compensation insurance are exempt from lawsuits unless they deliberately caused the employee’s injuries. However, this shouldn’t stop you from seeking legal counsel if you have questions or concerns about your case. You may need help negotiating your compensation, appealing a decision, or applying for disability. Serious work-related injuries can be difficult to manage, and it’s a sad fact that many employers don’t make it easier for their workers.
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Katherine is an experienced legal counselor and educator. She has advocated for many injured workers, some with severe injuries. She knows that the path to compensation is not always easy for the worker, and if necessary, she will represent you in court.
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